Posted in Fitness, Uncategorized

Fitness Update: Schedule tweaking

Life has too many distractions, but all events are moving forward, if not as fast as planned. Working on a schedule keeps things moving. Though I have decided that I need to get up an hour earlier if I am to have any productive morning time.

When your morning starts slipping, the comic song lyrics from the Wizard of Oz become too much of a truth sometimes:

We get up at twelve and start to work at one
Take an hour for lunch and then at two we’re done
Jolly good fun


Posted in Music

#276: In the Hour of Trial

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me

Lest, by base denial, I depart from Thee;

When Thou seest me  waver, With a look recall,

Nor for fear or favor Suffer me to fall.


With forbidden pleasures Would this vain world charm,

Or its sordid treasures Spread to work me harm;

Bring to my remembrance sad Gethsemane,

Or in darker semblance, Cross-crown’d Calvary.


Should Thy mercy send me Sorrow, toil and woe,

Or should pain attend me On my path below,

Grant that I may never Fail Thy hand to see,

Grant that I may ever Cast my care on Thee.


When, in dust and ashes, To the grave I sink,

While heav’ns glory flashes O’er the shelving brink,

On Thy truth relying Thru that mortal strife,

Lord, receive me, dying, To eternal life.


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Chicken report

Today’s post is another short one, and an update on the food status at Worlds of Fun.

Paisano’s pizza does have pasta bowls in addition to pizza. At least if our sample today was accurate, they are satisfactory but nothing special: a bowl of noodles with alfredo or marinara sauce.

But the chicken report is much better. We had a repeat of the fried chicken at the Chicken Shack, excellent. But we also sampled the wings from the G’Rilla Grill. Bone in, good classic Buffalo sauce (along with BBQ and other options). The food choices at WOF are improving and getting better. Not perfect, but getting better. As time allows will try more of the options.

Posted in Family, Uncategorized

A Blast of the Past #141: Outcast Hero – Marlon

And now we arrive to one of the most memorable of the birthday cakes I have made over the years. The cake of the Marlon from the still-in-production movie Outcast Hero by Gemma Bright.

The kids posted pictures to Deviant Art that even got feedback (positive) from the artist herself:

OH - Cake by caat

OH - Cake

And for those interested in the movie production:

Posted in Events

A Look Ahead: Songflower – Students and Teachers

Image may contain: 2 people, textSongflower Chorale Spring Concert

Songflower Chorale, a local choral ensemble standing on the long and illustrious tradition of the Kansas City Fine Arts Chorale, presents “Students and Teachers” 3 p.m. Sunday April 29th at Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holes, Kansas City, MO

The concert’s repertoire consists of unique works focused on the passing of musical language and tradition from each generation to the next. Included are works of Padre G. B. Martini, a Viennese composer and priest under whom young Mozart studied counterpoint, Gottfried August Homilius, a Swedish organist and composer who studied under J. S. Bach, and several modern composers including renowned teachers such as Paul Chihara and Cecil Effinger. They will also present brand new works by Leslee Wood, Nick Shaheed, and Shelby Scott, all studying composition at the University of Kansas, along with works by composer and director Geoffrey Wilcken. The Chorale will also be assisted by the John Schafer at the organ.

Admittance is free and open to the public; donations at the door are most welcome. The Songflower Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and relies entirely on donations to fund its outreach to the Kansas City metropolitan area. For more information or to make a secure donation online, visit

Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

Saved Pictures

Residents of the Clay and Jackson counties still have a few more weekdays to take advantage of their free visits to the zoo in April that is their right for paying the special zoo tax. Anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month.

Worlds of Fun

Last weekend was opening weekend, but the season has just begun for Worlds of Fun. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the all new Nordic Chaser! Whatever your thrill level, there is plenty of fun to be had for the whole family.

This is also the perfect day to activate your child’s 2018 Pre-K Pass, offering FREE admission for children ages 3-5 for the entire 2018 season. Simply register online, activate at the park and come play!

Get access to all four seasons of fun in 2018 with a Gold Season Pass. Score unlimited visits to ride all spring on Nordic Chaser, splash all summer at Oceans of Fun, scream in the fall at The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt and have a holly jolly good time at Kansas City’s most immersive holiday event, WinterFest, in winter.


Please note: If anyone has events they think should be featured on this events list, please send me the information for my consideration and inclusion.

Posted in Music, Uncategorized

#275: I Belong to the King

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I belong to the King — I’m a child of His love,

I shall dwell in His palace so fair

For He tells of its bliss in yon heaven above,

And His children its splendors shall share.


I belong to the King — I’m a child of His love,

And He never forsaketh His own;

He will call me some day to His palace above —

I shall dwell by His glorified throne.


I belong to the King — and He loves me I know,

For His mercy and kindness so free,

Are unceasingly mine where-so-ever I go,

And my refuge unfailing is He.



I belong to the King — and His promise is sure,

That we all shall be gathered at last

In His kingdom above, by life,s waters so pure,

When this life with its trials is past.


Posted in Music, Uncategorized

#274: Jesus Never Fails

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


Earthly friends may prove untrue, Doubts and fears assail;

One still loves and cares for you, One who will not fail.


Jesus never fails, Jesus never fails;

Heav’n and earth may pass away But Jesus never fails.


Tho the sky be dark and drear, Fierce and strong the gale,

Just remember He is near, And He will not fail.



In life’s dark and bitter hour Love will still prevail;

trust his everlasting pow’r — Jesus will not fail.


Posted in Events

Worlds of Fun Opens Today: Sneak Peak from Friday

Worlds of Fun opens for the season at 10 a.m. today, Saturday, April 21. Those of us who are season pass holders were given a sneak peak preview during the evening Friday from 6 to 10 p.m.


My family arrived around 7:10 p.m. to find the entrance to the parking lot to be a joy to behold. The entry from Worlds of Fun Avenue to the car ticket booths had been completely repaved, or at least resealed, and fresh yellow lines indicating the lanes painted. Those yellow lines ran all the way through the ticket booths and up the entrance lanes to Lots C and D — probably all the way around to the hithermost parking lot.


All the lines in the parking lots — indicating where the spots are — were also repainted.  It looked like they did some filling of potholes and the like, but unlike the front drivein lanes, the parking lots I saw had no new repaving, only freshly painted lines and patches. But after several years of not knowing which of 2 or 3 faded lines on the pavement were the correct ones to be using to park, it was a real luxury to know where to park.


When we came down from D lot (parking security had just closed the side entrance to C lot, though there were a moderate number of open spaces distributed throughout lot C). and walked to the security tables, we noted how clean and efficient the permanent security structures were, and the huge line we could see once you got past them.  But those lines turned out to be people headed back towards us, to get to the season pass processing . So  we didn’t have to wait for them.


Getting through the pass/ticket stations as easy, and then we had our pictures taken by the camera people. We usually avoid this but decided to do it for the sneak peak. The photog told us about the FunPix photo pass. We had seen similar FunPix programs at othere Cedar Fair parks last summer during our parks tour, and now the program is apparently being brought to Worlds of Fun. We got our photo slip from the photog but forgot to check for the pictures at the end of the evening.h What I see on the  website says that they have a $19.99 all day plan andd a $34.99 all season plan.



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We also noted, on the piece of land  between the stair next to the locker rentals and the accesibility ramy, that they had put up a park map.  It was in a  new style, and as it got dark, we realized it, like almost every other park map (I think we found one that wasn’t updated) was backlit. And they labeled where you were so  much  more clearly, as well as what was close by in each direction.

We didn’t ride any rides, but had a nice excursion walking around and observing the many things that had changed.  Betsy noted that theh Nordic Chaser looked like a kiddy ride on the Facebook page.  But  when you saw it in person, and how fast it went around, you know it is an adult ride.

The eyes and mouth of the Sea Dragon now have lights that add extra personality to the ride.

We spotted the lights on the Sea Dragon from where we ate supper at the Chicken Shack.  I was a real culinary find. The chicken shack now serves actual chicken dinners: dark or white meat or chicken strips, with a choice of traditional sides.  No more boneless wings there. Just prior to that we had stopped at the Coca Cola Refresh station to pick up our alll season bottle, and to try my all season paper cup program.  Both were on the season passes where they were supposed to  be.


When we crossed the stream in Africa we noticed that the topiaries that were there during WinterFest — giraffe and elephant for example, were still there (so they aren’t live topiaries, but fake, but still  look very good). Right beyond the topiary was the G’rilla Grill with its updated fare of wings, hot dogs and chicken fingers.
We are seeing a progression of food upgrades.

On the  hillside next to Auntie Anne’s they had a grass clock. It reminded  me of things we saw at Kings Island     and Kings Dominion, only smaller. Paisanos, which was almost never open, was open, serving pizza baskets, pasta and salads, and had a cosmetic upgrade)  The one trend, besides an increase in overall food diversity, was a simplification of the meal plan. Pizza baskets could choose side salads in the past. We have yet to confirm if they still an.
Vittle Griddle had same fare, simpler basket structure, with more items not on the dining plan. The street tacos now is doing quesadillas as pico something
So a lot of menu updates, signage updates, and a new fountain in the Americana Plaza with the lowered landscape removed.

So it looks to be an exciting season. Not sure how much more I will be blogging about it, and in what fashion. Me, Betsy and Carly do orientation at WOF today to become s seasonal.employees. So I have to clarify that my blog is my opinion. And while I should say positive things about WOT must be more careful about constructive criticism. I will follow up with HR for guidance and inform you of the result as appropriate.